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The NHS if

‘The NHS if’ is a collection of essays that explores hypothetical scenarios and their impact on the future of health and care.

We spoke to a small number of experts – some of them members of staff at The King’s Fund and others external experts in their fields – to write short essays that consider ‘what if’ questions about health and care in England.

Our aim is to encourage new thinking and debate about possible future scenarios that could fundamentally change health and care. The essays cover three themes: the NHS and society; medicine, data and technology; and how the NHS works.

In each essay, the author gives their informed but personal view of a possible future. We invite you to let us know what you think and join the debate by adding your comments below the essays or by tweeting using the hashtag #NHSif.

The NHS and society

Medicine, data and technology

How the NHS works

Essay competition

We challenged our readers to write an essay for ‘The NHS if’ series that would explore a future scenario for the NHS, considering the potential impact on the health system and wider society. Now, you can read the competition winner and runner-up.